Young Bulls pair to ply their trade in the WAFL

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT -

A PAIR of young Har­vey foot­ballers are pre­par­ing to take the next step in their fledg­ing ca­reers, with Ja­cob Pick­ett and Jaxon Egan sign­ing on to play for Peel Thun­der this year.

Pick­ett, 18, and Egan, 16, both played piv­otal roles for the Bulls in the 2017 South West Foot­ball League sea­son and have been re­warded for their ef­forts with the op­por­tu­nity to play at WAFL level.

The young duo missed out on se­lec­tion in the Thun­der’s round one match against East Fre­man­tle on Fri­day.

Har­vey Bulls coach Paul Fim­mano said the young play­ers would do well at the Thun­der.

“The one thing you have to bear in mind is that they are still learn­ing,” he said.

“They cer­tainly have tal­ent and if they put in the work ethic, they will go re­ally well.”

Fim­mano said he en­cour­aged his play­ers to go as far as they could go and this helped give the teenagers con­fi­dence to play at the next level.

“Part of that is giv­ing these kids league op­por­tu­ni­ties and mak­ing sure they have the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing against fully-grown men,” he said.

Both have plenty of speed and raw skill, some­thing which Fim­mano iden­ti­fied early on.

“They have some sim­i­lar­i­ties,” he said.

“The thing I like the most is they are good kids.

“Jaxon is a re­ally good over­head mark as well.

“The thing that makes them stand out from other kids is that they can turn a game in five min­utes.”

Fim­mano said he was not dis­ap­pointed to lose the pair.

“If I have that men­tal­ity, then I am not do­ing right by them,” he said.

“The Bulls are al­ways go­ing to be there for them.

“We just want to help put them on the right path to suc­ceed.”

Pic­ture: Zach Relph

Ja­cob Pick­ett’s speed and skill have made him a hot com­mod­ity for Peel Thun­der.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Wood­cock

Har­vey Bulls for­ward Jaxon Egan had a fan­tas­tic year in 2017.

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